Tahrir square has been the battleground for the last 18 days for the Egyptians who fought tooth and nail to overthrow the autocratic Hosni Mubarak after 30 years of virtual dictatorship. The fact that they succeeded despite non – violent protests though over 300 died in clashes with pro – Mubarak supporters and the police, shows the pressure building up across the entire Arab World where rulers occupy the seat of power to never leave it again. From Yemen to Algeria to Sudan to Syria, these regimes have flourished because their leaders and their supporters have occupied the seats of power as if it were covered with Fevicol. From corruption to price rises to poor wages to lack of democracy, the problems are in plenty.
Recently many people have voiced that such a movement could start in India too. But there are many reasons that such an uprising won’t occur in this country. First things first, how bad our democracy may be, in the end it is still a democracy. A democracy which at one time had a Muslim President, Hindu Prime Minister and a Dalit speaker in the Parliament House.
There are numerous problems from price rises to corruption to black money to whatever you can think of. But then interestingly we Indians are always prone to forgetting whatever happened the next day and still move on. Obviously much of that can be attributed to the chalta hai attitude we have grown on over the years. But then the good thing out of all this is that people have the voting power in their hands and therefore any politician’s ambitions are not pre – decided.
Industrial growth, India shining, growth of economy, 8.5% growth are still buzzwords for probably 40-45% of the population in the country. But the remaining 55-60% more than cover up for that inadequacies with growth in per capita, infrastructure, education, medical sector etc. This may have resulted in two different India’s being created – The Bharat and India. But the gap is falling drastically. Today if you go into any village, you have the regular TV channels, brands of shampoo, food products etc. So its just a perception that the rural dwellers don’t get the basic facilities what we get.
With a functioning democracy, high GDP growth (2nd fastest growing economy in the world), stable society in terms of security and political scenario comes the benefits of increasing FDI to the country. Though the foreign investment has fallen over the past year due to scams and black money and all the crap which was being dished out in the market, India is still one of the topmost attractive destinations for FDI.
Yes we have problems with the government. Yes Kashmir, Arunachal and many other places are problems. Yes there are terrorist attacks and Maoist issues in India. Yes we have corruption, black money issues, bribes, nepotism and what not.
But at the end of the day, despite all the bitching around and statements in Kashmir and Karnataka about an Egypt still revolution, India is still one of the most stable countries in the world in every way.
And that’s the reason I don’t see any revolution of the Egypt sort happening in this country in the near future!